Boomkat Product Review:
You've all heard 'Heartbeats' by now, okay so chances are you won't have heard Swedish bro and sis duo The Knife's original, but you know the track. It appeared as if from nowhere last year on Sony's successful Bravia advertisement as covered by fellow Swedish sort Jose Gonzalez, a move which shot Gonzalez to fame and no doubt collected Olof and Karin Dreijer a wad of cash from MCPS, but it has taken a little longer for this duo to achieve any sort of mainstream success. Although championed by Pitchfork and other internet magazines and blogs, their leftfield and credible take on electropop and dark Euro techno has not achieved them the same sort of adoration as the man Gonzalez. Of course as with all good re-issues there's a bunch of bonus material - a DVD of videos and three extra tracks to be exact, so even if you've got the original there's a good reason to buy this version. The album kicks off with the aforementioned Sony-friendly anthem 'Heartbeats', arguably the high point of the record (but maybe that's because I know it so well now), but what proceeds this doesn't disappoint either. The following tracks just serve to affirm the Knife's status as prime architects of party pop, not the sort of pop your kid sister would be learning dance steps to but music for parties drenched in blue neon lights, heavy spirits and illegal substances, with a besuited man looking wasted in the corner. Great stuff.